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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Message from CS, AIPSA, Kerala

We viewed the concern expressed by one member of IP/ASP Association regarding Government’s move to grant upgraded grade pay to Stenographers working in Subordinate Offices. Perhaps all may not be knowing that the Stenographers are technically qualified and they entered in the department after a stiff competitive examination conducted by UPSC/SSC. Even LDCs (in some cases GDS) happened to reach in Supervisory/Officer level by qualifying departmental examinations. There are instances to cite that many Clerical staff with matriculate background reached up to Officers level in Postal/various departments by writing departmental examinations. But we the Stenographers have no chance to appear for any examination.

The fifth CPC denied justice to Stenographers working in subordinate offices; but with our united fight the 6th CPC partially accepted the genuine demands put forth by Stenographers. In fact our demand was to equate Stenographers working in subordinate offices with that of Central Secretariat Stenographers. But the benefits were extended to the Central Secretariat Stenos only though 6th CPC had strongly recommended Central Secretariat parity

The Stenographers neither grabbed any pay benefits of any other cadres nor interested to take away anybody’s benefits. We feel that the concern expressed by the All India Postal ASPs/IPs Association of Kerala in their blog in getting higher grade pay to Stenographers is against the true spirit of trade union interests. It may be mentioned that except in Postal Department the starting GP of Inspectors in various Central Government Departments is Rs.4600/-. But it is not known why our colleagues in Postal Department were ignored. We advise them to fight for this right cause--- No doubt, our cadre will stand with you. Jai Trade Union Unity.

Annual Performance Assessment Report

Department of Personnel and Training in OM No 21011/1/2005-Estt(A)(Pt-II), dated 14.5.2009 has issued orders to replace the exisiting ACR with Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR). The important points mentioned in the OM are reproduced below:-


(i) The existing nomenclature of the Annual Confidential Report will be modified as Annual Performance Assessment Report (APAR).

(ii) The full APAR including the overall grade and assessment of the integrity shall be communicated to the concerned officer after the Report is complete with the remarks of the Reviewing Officer and Accepting Authority wherever such system is in vogue. Where Government servant has only one supervisory level above him as in the cse of personal staff attached to officers, such communication shall be made after the reporting officer has completed the performance assessment.

(iii) The section entrusted with the maintenance of APARs after its receipt shall disclose the same to the officer reported upon.

(iv) The concerned officer shall be given the opportunity to make any representation against the entries and the final grading given in the Report within a period of fifteen days from the date of receipt of the entries in the APAR. The representation shall be restricted to the specific factual observations contained in the report leading to assessment of the officer in terms of attributes, work output, etc. While communicating the entries, it shall be made clear that in case no representation is received within the fifteen days, it shall be deemed that he/she has no representation to make. If the concerned APAR Section does not receive any information from the concerned officer on or before fifteen days from the date of disclosure, the APAR will be treated as final.

(v) The new system of communicating the entries in the APAR shall be made applicable prospectively only with effect from the Reporting Period 2008-09 which is to be initiated after 1st April 2009.

(vi) The competent authority for considering adverse remarks under the existing instructions may consider the representation, if necessary, in consultation with the reporting and/or reviewing officer and shall decide the matter objectively based on the material placed before him within a period of thirty days from the date of receipt of the representation.

(vii) The competent authority after due consideration may reject the representation or may accept and modify the APAR accordingly. The decision of the Competent Authority and the final grading shall be communicated to the officer reported upon within fifteen days of receipt of the decision of the competent authority by the concerned APAR Section.